by: Kathryn Burcham Updated:
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A surprise enrollment boom at UNC Charlotte means full classes and dorm rooms on the first day of the semester.
University officials said it was a record-setting enrollment of more than 26,000 students when the campus opened up for class on Monday.
UNCC officials said hundreds more freshmen accepted admission offers than was expected, and the university had to scramble last minute to find housing options. The start of a school football program and an aggressive out-of-state marketing campaign likely helped the enrollment rise, according to officials.
"We don't know if this large freshmen enrollment will continue, or if we will want it to continue. We will become more selective next year, is what we anticipate," said UNCC's Associate Provost for Enrollment Tina McEntire.
Students said they had a few difficulties signing up for desired class times because so many courses filled up so quickly.
"I was at the end of line, so I got some earlier classes rather than later ones," said freshman Will Hudson.